Continual crisis, endless solutions…

EXPLORINGtheLATERAL

“A Life Of Illusion”

Sometimes I can’t help the feeling that I’m
Living a life of illusion
And oh, why can’t we let it be
And see through the hole in this wall of confusion
I just can’t help the feeling I’m
Living a life of illusion

Pow! Right between the eyes
Oh, how nature loves her little surprises
Wow! It all seems so logical now
It’s just one of her better disguises
And it comes with no warning
Nature loves her little surprises
Continual crisis

Hey, don’t you know it’s a waste of your day
Caught up in endless solutions
That have no meaning, just another hunch
Based upon jumping conclusions
Caught up in endless solutions
Backed up against a wall of confusion
Living a life of illusion

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Big Road Blues (A Look At Humanity’s Alienation through Industrialization)

With the advent of the automobile, civilization changed greatly and at great speed. Henry Ford, the first to use the assembly line technique to build his Model T cars, also created (unbeknownst to him at the time) the precursor to scientific management and the alienation of Man from his humanity. When skill and mastery were removed from work and delineated along an assembly to many people (who need not have the skill) performing the same task repetitively over many days, months, years, Man became divorced from his own sense of accomplishment, efficacy, and benefit from the fruits of his own labor. His being was reduced to numbers and algorithms, he became quantified and thus his trajectory towards a life of drudgery and misery. Rather than the life of leisure at first thought promised to civilized Man, his life became one of automation and robotification. Empty and emotionless.

This music video is an attempt to illustrate that story.

Credits (all clips are public domain or used with permission through CC license)–
Music:
“Big Road Blues” by Tommy Johnson from Internet Archive
Clips:
“American Road 2” from Prelinger Archives
“Wheels of Progress (circa 1927)” produced by U.S. Bureau of Public Roads, Department of Agriculture, Educational Film Service from Prelinger Archives
“Black Girl” by livedtap
Stock Footage filmed by NIKOtheOrb
Edited by NIKOtheOrb

Other music videos.

 

REMIX: Reality rePersonified

“Reality is only a Rorschach ink-blot, you know.” ~Alan Watts

Fractal 1 by Tambako the Jaguar

Experimental music video inspired by and based on Reality Personified.

CREDITS–
Animations (all clips used with permission through CC license or public domain):
“We Are Now Starting Our Descent” by Nick Fox-Gieg Animation
“The Tree of Life on Acid” by Mega Zit
“The Ultimate Goal” by Tricky House
“Dance of Electricity” directed by Guy David
Big Buck Bunny
Ani1_10
Toybox
Tatlin

Music (used with permission through public domain):
“Slow Relaxing Hip Step” from Royalty Free Beats

Voice:
NIKOtheOrb

*Image credit (at top of page): “Fractal 1” by Tambako the Jaguar

Sunday Afternoon Drive

Put a little love in your heart. . .

The Love Tree

Sunday Afternoon Drive: a new series.

This is episode one of a new series featuring video taken while on the road (style is documentary/music video kind of a feel).

Other music video here (Autumn Brewed, original song by Nancy Pontius).

Credits–
All footage filmed by NIKOtheOrb.
Music, “Departure” by Steve Ferguson (used with permission under CC license).
Image, “The Love Tree” produced by CosmikSquirelSTOCK.

Autumn Brewed

Music video for poem Autumn Brewed.
Collaboration with Nancy Pontius.
Poem/lyrics by NIKOtheOrb. Music created, produced and played by Nancy Pontius.
Song mixed by NIKOtheOrb using Audacity, (original track).

Other music video here (Sunday Afternoon Drive, featuring original song by Steve Ferguson).

More original songs by Nancy Pontius here.

Credits–
Sounds /Effects used (all from Freesound.org):
“Singing Bowls” by juskiddink
“Wind Through Trees” by Chris Castiglione
“Morning In The Forest” by reinsamba
“Light Rain” by Jeffreys2
“Wind Chimes” by ashassin

Images Used (all from Flickr.com):
“Nature Pictures” by Forest Wander
“Big Tree” by Nietnagel
“Golden Leaves” and “Big Sky” by Simon Wu
“Rainbow Forest” by Slack12

Motion Pictures Used:
All fall foliage in forest filmed by NIKOtheOrb
Animation, “Way of the Mantis” from Internet Archive

Much thanks to Nancy for this collaboration and her wonderful work and beautiful voice.

*All images, sounds, and video used through permission granted by Creative Commons license reuse, remix, and attribution, or public domain.